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May 9, 2018

Secure key boxes speed access in emergencies

Fauquier’s emergency response system uses Supra lock boxes, which secure keys to help firefighters and medics enter buildings more rapidly, without breaking down doors.
By Jason Golden
Warrenton Volunteer Fire Chief

The Warrenton Volunteer Fire Co. would like to remind businesses and homeowners, and anyone else involved with building or facility access, that a device exists which allows first responders quick access to your property in times of an emergency, without damaging doors, locks or windows.

This is done using a system called a Rapid Entry System by Supra. This lock box has been used for years in our service district and proves itself time and time again by allowing our personnel a way into your building in emergency situations only, and without damaging any structural elements. If owners or property managers purchase and install this very secure box, it will allow quick, easy and safe ingress for us to check for possible emergency situations. Please review the attached short brochure from SUPRA.

To date, there are well over 100 of these boxes installed within the town and county. It is the “official” designated lock box vendor for our system.

Only public safety officials in the fire department and local law enforcement have keys to access the lock box, which are accounted for on a regular basis. It is the responsibility of the building owner (or designee) to provide us with applicable facility keys which then are placed and secured into the lock box by us and used only for emergencies.

We hope you will take the time to review the brochure and take advantage of this very minor investment which provides ease of access for emergency personnel. In an emergency, seconds count. This will help reduce reaction times when mechanical forcible entry may be needed by enabling crews to simply use the key(s) provided to us by the building owner.

With Monday night’s fire, it seemed like a good time to remind our business owners of this program. Please, contact us if you have questions:

• Fire Chief Jason Golden at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

• Assistant Fire Chief Samuel F. Myers at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address))
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